Drinking Water: Extreme Weather Events Threaten Quality, Says Report

The greatest risks to water quality come from cumulative impacts of extreme weather events that happen sequentially, like a drought followed by a wildfire followed by a flood, says joint Australian-US study. As climate change likely increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilience must be built into the management of watersheds and water treatment systems for recovery to happen. [Sunday Morning Herald]

Report: Society's Water Safety Net Is Fraying

A new National Research Council report examines possible "tipping points" that might occur if the rate of groundwater pumping rapidly increases. As surface water-scarce regions get drier amidst climate change, early warning water and drought monitoring systems could be necessary to protect precious resources. [Circle of Blue]

USGS Report: California Freshwater Withdrawals Are Lowest Since 1960s

Californians, take hope in this devastating drought: state freshwater withdrawals have been reduced to levels not seen since 1965, as disclosed in an early California release of the 2010 USGS water use report. Water use declines began in 1980. There's room for improvement with the state leading in national freshwater withdrawals; irrigation's on top as the largest withdrawer, and the average resident directly uses 181 gallons of water every day. [Circle of Blue]

Seven Ohio Drinking Water Sources Don't Meet State Water Quality Standards for Toxic Algae

Toledo is not the only Ohio location suffering from algae-produced toxins in drinking water sources with seven rivers, lakes and reservoirs contaminated, a state water quality report revealed. The impaired water bodies affect the water supplies of nearly 1 million people around Ohio and highlight the need for stronger prevention of nonpoint source pollution, like runoff from farms and livestock, that contribute to toxic algae blooms. [Circle of Blue]

Climate Change Reflected in Altered Missouri River Flow, Report Says

Climate change has dramatically affected the Missouri River over the past 50 years, reducing the flow in Montana and Wyoming and increasingly flooding North Dakota. The "drought and deluge" scenario for farmers has meant lower crop yields and even less predictability with some losing high-quality irrigation water while others continue to recover from inundated, unworkable fields. [Los Angeles Times]

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Ground Cherries

If you haven't tried ground cherries, you're not alone. These bright yellow-orange beauties wrapped in a papery husk are a niche fruit in the US. Once enjoyed by Native Americans, and later by early American settlers, the sweet ground cherry is under-appreciated today.

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